5 Fantastic 80s Horror Movie Songs

The 80s was a period where nearly every movie had a theme song, and horror movies were no different.  Here’s some of our favorite records featured in killer flicks from the past!

1. The Ramones – Pet Semetary 

Movie: Pet Semetary

One of author Stephen King’s favourite bands,  seminal punk band The Ramones brought no-nonsense, melodic, timeless rock to their Pet Semetary theme.


2.  Dokken – Dream Warriors 

Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street – Dream Warriors

I still remember my first viewing of Dream Warriors – it was a double -header VHS rental with Hellraiser, which my cousin had proclaimed the scariest movie ever made.  Hellraiser delivered and scared the crap out of me, while Dream Warriors was just pure kick-assery.  If there’s a more kickass tune than Dokken’s Dream Warriors, I don’t know it.


3. David Bowie – Cat People (Putting Out Fire)

Movie: Cat People

I’m a big fan of the original Val Lewton produced Jacques Tourneur directed Cat People, but Paul Schraeder’s remake is infinitely weirder, sexier, and fantastical, with some truly beautiful imagery.  It also has a killer Giorgio Moroder soundtrack, featuring the amazing Cat People (Putting Out Fire) collaboration with David Bowie.  A great track that was also memorably re-purposed by Quentin Taratino for Inglourious Basterds.


4. AC/DC – Who Made Who

Movie: Maximum Overdrive

Another of King’s favourite bands.  Whatever you think of the film and its many weaknesses, King has fine taste in rock n roll.  Great song by a great band.


5. Alice Cooper – He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)

Movie:  Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

Alice Cooper does Crystal Lake proud.  Fantastic video.



19 thoughts on “5 Fantastic 80s Horror Movie Songs

  1. I love these trips down my childhood memory lane…if there was a time machine to the 80’s I’d def get in it and go back just to see some of the things you write about for the first time…again!😊

  2. I’m actually listening to the Pet Semetery audiobook right now. Might check out the movie when I’m done. It’s my first time with this King classic, and I feel a little ashamed that i’m only now getting around to it seeing as it’s supposed to be so famous.

  3. Awesome songs! Pet Semetary was the first scary movie I saw in the theater. Scared the crap out of me! I’d also add “Love Kills” by Vinnie Vincent Invasion from A Nightmare on Elm Street 4.

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